BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival to Screen 35 Films


The Town of Cary’s film festival received a record number of entries and 35 films have been selected to screen Oct. 7-10, 2021. The fourth annual BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival is produced by The Cary Theater.

CARY, N.C. (October 4, 2021) – BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival is back in the cinema October 7-10, 2021. Produced by the Cary Theater, BEYOND received a record number of film and screenplay submissions from around the world for its fourth year and selected 35 short films for festival competition and one screenplay competition winner. BEYOND is an independent film and screenwriting festival that takes place at the Cary Theater downtown. Film schedule and filmmaking workshop information can be accessed online.

“We’re excited to return to the cinema this year for Cary’s hometown film festival with unique shorts from around the world,” said Robbie Stone, festival producer and Town of Cary Arts Program & Operations Coordinator. “BEYOND is an opportunity for audiences and filmmakers of all experience levels to learn about the screenwriting and production process from a welcoming community of talented artists.”

In addition to the 35 films in competition, the festival schedule also includes workshops:


Goodwin is a former theater critic who has produced Golden Globe, Sundance and Spirit Award-winning films. Thompson has produced many feature films such as: Rage in Harlem, Deep Cover, Hoodlum, Sister Act 2, and the award-winning HBO Special America’s Dream, starring Danny Glover and Wesley Snipes.

Short films in competition will screen in four blocks that repeat twice over Oct. 7-10. Voting for films in competition will take place all weekend. The “Best of BEYOND” films will be broadcast on WRAL 5.2 (COZI) on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 8:00 p.m. More details are available at The 2021 festival is presented by sponsors: InkTip, Final Draft, Slated, ARRI, Town of Cary, Cary Citizen, Cary Magazine, Misner Public Relations, Digital P Media, and WRAL.


About The Cary Theater

Located at 122 E. Chatham St., The Cary Theater lights up downtown with its mission to provide a unique setting for the community to experience art house cinema and live performances that enhance the cultural arts experience in the Town of Cary. Originally constructed in 1946 to serve as the Town’s first indoor movie theater, The Cary was meticulously restored in 2014 to create a vibrant space downtown that offers independent film, live music, comedy and improv, as well as other live events. The theater is owned by the Town of Cary and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. For more information, please visit


Media Contacts:

Scott Misner, Cary Theater Media Relations, (919) 412-3886
Robbie Stone, Arts Program & Operations Coordinator, (919) 460-4969
William Lewis, Cultural Arts Manager, (919) 462-3861





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